Just two days after one of the most thrilling regular-season games in Bruins history, the Black and Gold welcomed a veteran forward into the mix on Sunday as 35-year-old Miroslav Satan joined the squad for practice.
The team signed Satan, who looked sharp on Sunday, to what has been reported to be a one-year, $700,000 contract Saturday.
?He?s in pretty good shape actually, ? Bruins coach Claude Julien told WEEI.com after practice. ?We?ve seen that through testing and everything else. He?s really taken good care of himself for a guy who hasn?t played yet. But that?s one thing. It?s another thing to come up to NHL speed. We?ll go, when I say day to day, it?s more closer to a week. We?ll go from here. He needs some time to practice at this pace.?
The unrestricted free agent who was recently named to the 2010 Slovakian Olympic team, is a veteran of 1,012 NHL games with the Oilers, Sabres, Islanders and Penguins, scoring 354 career goals and assisting on 367 in the process. Last year with Pittsburgh, he potted 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in 65 games.
Satan, wearing Phil Kessel's former No. 81 on his helmet, donned a red jersey at practice along with Milan Lucic, who is still on the comeback trail from a high ankle sprain.
?I think it makes sense for the team and it makes sense for me also, it?s a good situation,? said Satan. ?This is a team that will have a chance to go deep in the playoffs.?